朋友，有無聽過以前有間芬蘭公司，叫International Youth Service﹝IYS﹞呢？它創立於一九五二年，專為世界各地的師生尋找筆友，讓他們藉書信往來，學習外語，交流文化。想當年，我還是一名高中生，得朋友介紹，透過這間公司找到一個日本女筆友，記得第一次收到她的回覆，真係好開心，翌日還拿著她的信及相回校向同學仔炫耀呢。
IYS will be closing down this summer, by 30th June 2008
The International Youth Service (IYS) has been operating since 1952, over 56 years now. We have arranged foreign pen friends for school children and students aged 10 – 20 years in over 100 different countries.
The internet has lead to a situation where sending ordinary letters is old-fashioned. Letter writing, once very popular, is now a hobby of a few.
We have come to the end of a certain period. As we can not find enough young people interested in penfriendship any more, we have decided to close down this firm by 30th June 2008.
We thank all our customers, both children and teachers, in past years and wish you happy times. Don stop learning different languages and cultures and keep up those penfriendships you have managed to build up.
The staff of INTERNATIONAL YOUTH SERVICE